Detroit (MI) University of Detroit Jesuit linebacker Parris Bennett did not have an offer from a major conference team despite being rated a three star prospect. That changed recently as Syracuse offered after a visit to his school.
"They came by the school," Bennett recalled. "The defensive coordinator (Chuck Bullough), he came by. We talked for a minutes. He pulled me out of class and it was just a hi and bye type deal.
"Then a little later in school my head coach told me they had offered me. I called them again that night. I was pretty excited about it. It was a good feeling."
While the 6-foot linebacker is still getting to know the Orange program, he has a relationship with a current coach that has made Bennett more comfortable with the process.
"I don't know much about Syracuse," Bennett admitted. "But I got in contact with them through their linebackers coach, Coach (Clark) Lea. He was at Bowling Green last year when I was at the Bowling Green camp. I enjoyed being coached by him and he was really loving the way I was playing. So we talked at Bowling Green and now he's at Syracuse.
"I got in touch with him at Syracuse and he was just telling me that he likes me and he would push for me to get offered by them. Of course it always helps to know your position coach. I have a good relationship with him and they're recruiting me. So that's good. I wouldn't say it gives them an advantage, but it's always a good thing."
Bennett says he has no favorites at this point in his recruitment, but a decision could be coming soon.
"I'm definitely going to try to make my way up to Syracuse," Bennett said. "But right now I don't even know exactly where I'm going. I don't plan on going many places. Syracuse just offered and I've been talking to Indiana recently. I've been talking to Wisconsin. I just talked to them the other day.
"No favorites at this point. I'm just enjoying it and taking it all in. I'm trying to find the best school academically. I'm probably going to decide in June. It's not too far away."